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Jessica Lee (Miss T) and Blair Caton (Ivy) rehearsing Monday for this week’s production of “Fair and Tender Ladies.” Photo by Peggy Blackburn
Jessica Lee (Miss T) and Blair Caton (Ivy) rehearsing Monday for this week’s production of “Fair and Tender Ladies.” Photo by Peggy Blackburn

WHS to present ‘Fair and Tender Ladies’

Published 5:45pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wetumpka High’s Performing Arts students will offer three performances of  “Fair and Tender Ladies” this week. The work is described as a “play with music” and is the story of Ivy Rowe’s life journey in the Appalachian mountains.

“It’s different from our last few plays,” said Jeff Glass, WHS theatre teacher. “But that’s what we try to do – expand our horizons and challenge the kids.”

The piece was originally commissioned for the Southern Writers Project at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF), Glass explained. The show played at ASF in 1998 and was adapted by Eric Schmiedl from the 1988 Lee Smith novel.

In the drama, Rowe looks back on her life, telling her story through letters and songs. The script spans 70 years of the main character’s life with its dreams, losses, loves and sacrifices.

“Susan Willis directed the original and I went to see it,” said Glass. “After that I always wanted to do it.

“It got in touch with her and we are doing it as a one-act (the original was two). She even came to work with the kids.”

Another WHS faculty member Jon O’Rourke, who teaches music, is also involved with the production. He works with the students providing musical accompaniment for the show.

“I think this is a good one for our audiences, especially in the county,” said Glass.

Shows will be Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Wetumpka Performing Arts Center on Tallassee Street. Tickets are $5 per person at the door.

“We will be the first high school to ever do this show,” said Glass. “That’s exciting in itself.

“We ask that the community come support us.”

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